Doug Armstrong, the general manager of the St. Louis Blues, isn't the type to tell the media a lot about what he's really thinking. Sure, he's good for a quote about the good and bad things that are going on with the team, but they're never the type of quotes that make waves. Yes, the Blues' power play needs help. No, there's no reason to panic about the recent injuries. Yes, we're all happy with the goaltending situation.
But every now and then, the good GM slips up and starts to use General Manager Code when he's talking to the media. When that happens, thankfully, we're ready for him. It's been a while since we've fired up the old GM Translator 2000 EZ (best money Brad Lee ever spent on the GT tab), but the man they call "Army" made us go get the thing out of the closet, plug it into the three-prong adapter and fire that bitch up.
Talking with the P-D's Jeremy Rutherford this week, Armstrong had a few things to say about the Blues and their attitude about the upcoming trade deadline. Here's what he said and here's what he really meant:
"Obviously our team needs to play to the level that they're capable of playing. There are a number of players on our roster that aren't having the season that they had a year ago. But I think it's too easy for everyone involved to look for someone else to come in and fix the problem, when I think the answer is right down there (on the ice). And I'm very comfortable that they think the answer is right down there too. We need players that we know can produce offense to produce offense."
GM2000EZ: Let's see. The new owners are a beer distributor magnate, a U.S. Senator, a rental car magnate and another self-made bazillionairre. Yeah, I wonder where we sit in terms of budget. We're sitting on top of a giant pile of cash, yo! Just tell me to go spend some. Just tell me. Tell me. Tell. Me.
GM2000EZ: Hey, Greg Sherman, how ya doin'? You know, that kid Stastny of yours sure makes a lot of dough. Too bad he's not doing that well this year. You know, he just seems like the kind of guy who could benefit from a change of scenery. I know that because I have a guy like that too. Hmm. I just wish that there was a way that we could make a deal that might help both of us, you know?